Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


Podcasting is a digital media form that is increasing its audience reach and size year on year. Often unbound to traditional norms of journalistic impartiality, many podcast presenters provide personal perspectives, allowing these media makers a marked degree of creative and intellectual agency. This module employs both theory and practice-based learning to examine the podcasting format and consider how podcasts are developed; the editorial and ethical issues at stake; and how audiences are acquired and expanded. Students are given the opportunity to critically assess contemporary practitioners, companies, and the platforms for the dissemination of podcasts.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 33
Private Study Hours: 267
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Creative Portfolio (65%)
Essay (1500 words) (35%)

Reassessment methods:
Like for Like

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Geller, Valerie. (2011) Beyond Powerful radio: a communicator's guide to the Internet Age, Focal Press.
Huber, David Miles. (2010) Modern Recording Techniques, Focal Press.
Llinares, Dario, and Fox, Neill. (2018) Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media, Palgrave Macmillan.
Richardson, Will (2010) Blogs, Wikis, Podcast, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, Corwin.
Rumsey, Francis. (2009) Sound and Recording, Elsevier/Focal Press.
Spinelli, Martin, and Dann, Lance. (2019) Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution, Bloomsbury.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking around different forms associated with podcasting and their uses and contexts.
2 Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the skills and techniques required to produce a podcast, and using appropriate technology.
3 Make critical links between the history of online and downloadable content and their own work on the module.
4 Identify and analyse industry trends around podcasting and downloadable media content.
5 Apply techniques for producing a podcast in relation to critical debates around representing reality, ethics, performance, authorship, narrative, truth.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Construct critical thinking skills and evaluate arguments relevant to their own and other's creative activity.
2 Adhere to deadlines and demonstrate time-management skills
3 Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills, particularly apropos the expression of complex thoughts about audio media theory and history.
4 Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, including time-management, as well as self-direction and the ability to reflect on one's own practices.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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